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Google Makes eBay User Pull Google Glass Listing

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Sorry guys, Google Glass is not for resale.

If you weren't one of the lucky few that managed to snag a developer unit or squeeze into Google's Explorer program, chances are you're stuck waiting until the actual release of Google Glass, just like the rest of us. Or, if you're really eager to have one as soon as possible, perhaps you're holding out for units that may appear on auction sites like eBay or Craigslist. If that's the case, you might be a tad disappointed to learn that Google isn't actually allowing members of its explorer program to sell the smartglasses on.

eBay user raenblow this week put a unit up for sale, detailing in the description that he was one of the winners of Google's #ifihadglass contest, which netted him a place in the Explorer program. According to Engadget, the bidding soon reached $90,000. However, it was not to be. Raenblow pulled the listing earlier today and posted an update on the reason why. Google apparently contacted him and told him he wasn't allowed to sell his Google Glass unit. Raenblow says that because he won the opportunity to try Glass through the #ifihadglass contest, he wasn't given the same terms of service as those that received the first batch. These ToS apparently indicate that Google Glass cannot be resold. Indeed, the ToS state that you cannot resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person. If you do, Google may deactivate your device.

Google has yet to comment publicly on the auction, but it's doubtful we'll be seeing any on eBay before the device goes on general sale.

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    mikenygmail , April 17, 2013 5:05 PM
    Google's power is absolute! Whereas we used to have iDrones, now we will have gSlaves. :) 
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    hp79 , April 17, 2013 8:00 PM
    Wow, what kind of idiot is willing to pay $90k for that? Must have been a pet cat that placed the bid.
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    eklipz330 , April 17, 2013 8:04 PM
    this is great, i really appreciate google's move on that. scalpers like that are unwelcome, they should have their glasses revoked
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    Pherule , April 18, 2013 9:49 AM
    Guess the seller will have to go to the illegal market to sell it. He'll probably end up selling it for a whack of cash anyway.
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    spectrewind , April 18, 2013 10:22 PM
    I'm not a lawyer, but I'm pretty sure "first sale doctrine" and the various CD on it that a (pun intended) Google search would show... would make their TOS/EULA either unenforceable, or if they did brick someone's hardware, get them sued.
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